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MCSO Honors Search & Rescue Volunteer George Stillman

MADERA COUNTY — A local hero was recognized by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) as George Stillman retired from Madera County Search and Rescue last week after 18 years of volunteer service. “Affectionately known as ‘SAR George’ by other team members, he has served in a variety of capacities throughout the years,” said MCSO in a public statement. “He ...

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County Code Enforcement Officers On Lookout For ‘Bad Neighbors’

MADERA — What can a mountain area property owner do when a neighbor’s grass grows head high or a rusty old junker has been parked out front since the 1990s? Call the Madera County code enforcement department — or better yet, file a complaint online. Madera County receives hundreds of citizen-generated complaints a year, according to Joe Trujillo, the County’s ...

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Supervisors Expected To OK $730K in Improvements to Government Center

UPDATED: At the July 16 meeting, this project was pulled from the board of supervisors’ agenda to allow county officials to make some slight changes in project funding details. Madera County Deputy CAO Joel Bugey said Tuesday, July 16, that he expects the project to be back up for supervisor approval in early August. MADERA — The second and third ...

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County ‘Officially’ Opens New Tesoro Viejo Fire Station

MADERA — The county’s newest fire station had its formal grand opening celebration Thursday, July 11. But Madera County Station #7 — already nicknamed “Lucky 7” — officially went online last fall. Located at 4150 Town Center Blvd., just off Highway 41 and Tesoro Viejo Blvd. via the development’s roundabout, it’s the first new fire station to be built in ...

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Burger King Closes In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — As of this week, Oakhurst is no longer home of the Whopper. Fans of Burger King’s signature sandwich now have to travel out of town to get their favorite burger after the store’s franchisee suddenly closed the doors and ceased operations Sunday evening. At a little after 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, Burger King employees posted a ...

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County Supervisors Signal Readiness To OK Industrial Hemp Production

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 2 voted 4-to-1 to direct the County’s agricultural commissioner to begin crafting an ordinance to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp in Madera County. “This is a cash crop that Madera County can really make some money on,” said Supervisor Tom Wheeler. “People have been using [hemp] since ...

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Supervisors Expected to OK Permit, Fee Schedule Hikes

MADERA — Madera County supervisors are expected this week to OK a 2.7-percent across-the-board increase to the fee schedule the County charges for everything from development fees and building, grading and water well permits to fees for regular planning review services and commercial building valuations. At their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, supervisors will hold a public hearing on the ...

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